## Monday, August 15, 2011

### Under Construction (a Greater-Than Less-Than Game)

Rather than just doing drills to practice greater than and less than with two numbers, I thought I’d make a little construction game for my son. I was pretty sure that using LEGOs would add just the fun my son would need to be enticed to play learn. I was right.

I made three cards: two of a front-end loader whose scoop formed the < and > signs, and a truck whose grill made the =. (Download the cards I made here.) Then I created a game mat with two piles of dirt and space in the middle where one of the cards would be placed.

All that was left to do was grab a small bowl of LEGOs. Before my son played, I explained that some workers needed help constructing a building. Building blocks were being delivered to the construction site.

It was up to him to determine which pile of LEGO blocks was bigger; place the greater-than, less-than, or equal card in the middle; and if he added the correct card to the game mat, he could use the biggest pile of blocks to build with. If the piles were equal and he added the pick-up truck card, he could use both.

I explained that the front-end loader only wanted to pick up the biggest pile, so its scoop should be facing towards the largest number of blocks.

He grabbed a small handful of LEGOs and placed them on each of the piles of dirt.

After tallying each pile and placing a card, I had him write the equation in his notebook. Then he could get building. He completed about a dozen problems. The last round of play, there were three LEGOs on one pile and none on the other.

My son LOVED this. When it was done he said, “Finally, you made an activity with LEGOs!” If only I’d thought of this sooner …

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1. LOVE this idea! My daughter would never go for it though =) Not girly enough. I will have to wait a couple more years!

2. This is SUCH a fun idea! Both my girls and boy will enjoy this kind of math review...

Way to go Mama!

3. Love his comment. :) How cute. My boys love legos too -- thanks for the fun idea!!

4. Just yesterday my son asked if I'd make an activity with LEGO minifigures, Laura. OY! I'm going to have to get my creative juices flowing to figure out how to fill THAT request!

5. My boys love Legos and would love this! I know I say this every time, but I'm in awe at all your wonderful ideas! :)

6. Thanks, Rachel! I REALLY appreciate it!

7. This is a great idea. This will speak to my boys hearts! Thanks for sharing.

8. brilliant-thanks!!

9. Yet another great idea!

10. OMG I just LOVE you!!! You are the most creative mum EVER!!!! The great thing is that my twin boys are just a year younger than your son...so Keep 'em comin!
I actually built upon one of your games today and when the boys came home from kindergarten (They only go for 2.5 hrs in our town), I put sticky notes around the house to help with their reading. I wrote, can you find a red toy car. Please go get a lego with ten dots on it. Etc...they were thrilled. Thanks so much for all your AWESOME ideas!

1. Awesome, Twinmom! I love your adaptation! And thanks for the comment love. It's great to know people beyond just my son are benefiting from the activities I create!! It totally fills my cup!